Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 68
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was no longer used for school purposes, it
reverted to the original owners, which was
part of the Ben Day estate.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmit and Ora Perkins
operated a store near the school, which sold
some gasoline and general merchandise,
including pencils, paper, and other school
supplies. Sometimes the school supplies were
procured by three, four, or more eggs being
traded by a pupil. If a child had change due
him, he got it in candy or gum. Later Mr. and
Mrs. Willis Billings owned a store. Still later,
Hetty Mae and Author Hasty owned that
store. The store building still stands.
Mrs. Nannie (Willis) Billings, daughter of
Julie and Ike Cheek, attended school at
Union Hill in the old building, and later
owned a store. She recalls that for years there
was a Baptist church, and some of the
preachers were Brother Parks, Brother Lock-
hart, Brother Billie Greer, and Brother
Thompson. There was a tabernacle by the
side of the Baptist Church building under
which a protracted meeting was held each
summer. Regular services were held Sunday
morning and evening, but at times services
were held Friday evenings, Saturday morning
and evening and both services Sunday. After
the school was consolidated with Kopperl in
1939, Kopperl became the center of commu-
nity activity, and Tulos Whitworth bought
and moved the church house.
As long as there was a school at Union Hill
there were the usual school activities for
entertainment: ball games, box suppers, and
plays staged by classes and also the Literary
Society. Often there were parties on Saturday
night at which ring games and snap were
Also, Mrs. Billings remembers two out-
standing landmarks, Buttermilk Hill at
Mesquite Creek between Union Hill and
Morgan, and Dead Man's Hollow on the road
toward Morgan where it was told a man was
Among the early families of Union Hill,
besides those already mentioned, were News-
ome, Page, Philo Whitworth, Doty, Hanna,
Bud and Cub Gardner, Hadley, McClung,
Mood Bynum, Will Bynum, Duke, Prisk,
Paynes, Bob Johnson, Andrew M. Shoema-
cher, Dorsey, Sid White, McFarland, Dotson,
Dismukes, Lee Ince, Algie Robinson, Lewis
Johnson, Neil Amundson, Tilley, Perkins,
Cate, Compton, Ernest Black, Cleveland,
Hughes, Worley, Cannon, Perry, Murphey,
Colemans, Higginbotham, Stanley, Deavers,
Blaylock, Majors, Rassmusson, Crowley,
Womack, and Yates.
Each year ex-students of Union Hill School
meet to relive the past. A historical marker
has been erected at the site of the old school.
by Lucille A. Hughes
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Bosque County History Book Committee. Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas), book, 1985; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth91038/m1/84/?q=campbell: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.